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Brighton and Hove


Content derived from research undertaken as part of the Victoria County History project

Pleasure gardens an essential part of the life of Georgian resorts but also common in other prosperous towns such as Lewes in East Sussex.

Pleasure gardens were essential recreational facilities in spa and seaside resorts before 1840 but the majority did not last long.

 Between about 1818 and 1832, the landscape of Brighton underwent a rapid transformation, much of it around the outer edge of the Georgian resort.